Tilt Brush

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Tilt Brush
Developer Google
Publisher Google
Platform SteamVR
Device HTC Vive
Operating System Windows
Type Software
Genre Design & Illustration, Design and Illustration, VR, Painting
Input Device Tracked motion controllers
Play Area Seated, Standing, Room-Scale
Language English
Review Positive
Release Date Apr 5, 2016
Price $29.99
App Store Steam
Website https://g.co/tiltbrush
Infobox Updated 09/15/2016
Tilt Brush is a VR App. Tilt Brush is a virtual reality sculpting and painting tool created by Skillman & Hackett. It won the 2014 Proto Awards for "Best GUI". The studio behind Tilt Brush was acquired by Google in April, 2015.

Currently users can create art works on the PC then view them through the Tiltbrush Gallery app on the Google Cardboard.


Tilt Brush is a brand new VR “tool” from the guys and girl over at Google. That’s right, I said Google - because apparently they make games/tools now, but considering just how incredible this is as a whole, I definitely don’t see it as even a slight negative.

You could describe Tilt Brush as a 3D drawing environment that takes place exclusively in your own, personal VR universe. For someone who is willing to put the time and effort into learning a little more about Tilt Brush and what to expect when you go into it, you’re going to experiencing quite possibly one of the most rewarding and enjoyable VR experiences around right now.

The way Tilt Brush works is when you load up the game with your HTC Vive, you can choose a few locales, such as a snowy backdrop to go with whatever image it is you wish to draw. From there, you’re given a myriad of tools, paints, and all sorts of other little extras that can well and truly help you put some detail into your masterpiece. There are a varied amount of brushes that vary in both size and stroke type; meaning that you can switch from a straight line, similar to that of a pen or a pencil to a paint brush that leaves small, minute details at the end of every brush stroke.

Surprisingly, Tilt Brush manages to do one thing a lot of software and tools that are considered for “art” purposes fail to do a lot of the time, and that’s to be accessible to any and all users; regardless of their skill when it comes to drawing or art. Even on the very first time you play Tilt Brush, you can create a weird looking spider with about 24 different limbs, none of which are coherent with one another; yet you can still see the scope of this software in its entirety.

What fascinates me the most about Tilt Brush is being able to explore around your artwork, allowing you the chance to add depth and detail simply by walking around your room to locate the perfect position to make that minor addition that somehow makes it look exactly as you first envisioned it all.

It almost sounds too good to be true, but thankfully I can say with confidence that isn’t the case even in the slightest. With the good, however, does come the bad, and the main issue I’ve been finding with Tilt Brush so far is the lack of lighting and depth that comes with my creations. I’m going to be honest, I can barely draw a stickman on a sheet of A4 paper, but that doesn’t mean other people can’t do vastly better! If you spend a few minutes online looking up some of the incredible creations there are, they have the exact amount of depth you would want from them; with the exception of lighting and shadows. All you can really do to combat that problem is alternate between darker and lighter colours on certain sides of your creation to give the simulated display of shadows.

Tilt Brush is filled to the brim with incredible tools and it gives the user the ultimate experience of being able to live inside your own creation - no matter how big or small it is in stature or size. Unfortunately it can be a little difficult to get to grips with everything inside Tilt Brush and the lack of some elements of shading can really put a damper on some art projects. Overall, though, this right here is a title I am more than happy to have in my collection.


Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless.


There’s a lot available in Tilt Brush and a lot of it can be overwhelming when you first load into the software for the first time, so hopefully this guide will highlight a couple of areas that should help new users and players get to grips with Tilt Brush a little faster.

Don’t be afraid to use the undo button

When you first start, you’re bound to make numerous mistakes, and if you’re a perfectionist then you should make as much use of it as you feel you need. All it will do is remove the previous addition that you’ve made to your artwork, no matter how small or insignificant. You can keep making quick changes and undoing them as you see fit, and it saves you having to awkwardly fiddle around with the eraser tool to get it to how you would like it afterwards.

Zoom in and out when you need to add more detail

The great thing about Tilt Brush is that you can zoom in and out on your piece of artwork by “pinching” with the Vive controllers that you’re provided with. Doing this allows you free roam of your creation and you can look around the entirety of its 3D environment to see any additions or details that you’d like to make that you originally didn’t notice or couldn’t see. I tell you what, it’s much nicer than having to press your nose to the paper and squint in the hopes of seeing what you need to improve or change.

Alternate between colours to get the shading you so desire

Tilt Brush doesn’t exactly have the greatest shading and lighting for your creations to come to life and pop that little bit more. For example, instead of exclusively using grey, alternate between a light and darker grey to give the resemblance of shining/darker metal. It isn’t a perfect solution, but it’s a great way to simulate lighting and shadows in an engine that doesn’t allow them or doesn’t do them quite as well as some other software and tools.

Ultimately, though, the best way to get better and more experienced at Tilt Brush is to play around with it yourself and to get a feeling with everything you have at your disposal. There’s absolutely no way you can completely mess up when playing Tilt Brush, so you might as well just go out there, put these tips to the test, and have a jolly good time!

System Requirements



  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10
  • Processor: CPU: Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
  • Storage: 1 GB available space


  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10
  • Processor: CPU: Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
  • Storage: 1 GB available space

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